Families are the No. 1 priority in Community Regional Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

But while we can provide the highest levels of sophisticated neonatal care, we know nothing can replace the love and support of family. That's why we've designed our Level 3 NICU with families in mind.

Our rating as a Level 3 NICU means we're licensed by the state to care for some of the sickest infants and offer around-the-clock care. We have the largest Level 3 NICU in the Valley and provide care for infants with complex critical care needs, including premature infants and babies with a variety of diagnoses.

Our environment is calm and welcoming, and we encourage family involvement in important care decisions.

When I was expecting triplets, my girlfriend told me for the sake of the babies, I needed to deliver at Community Regional because of their great NICU. She was right; it was the best place for me and my babies to be.-Marci delivered Landry, Cayden & Emmi nearly six weeks early.

Our care team of nurses, respiratory, physical, speech therapists and dieticians, are all specially trained to treat critically ill babies. We have qualified physicians and nurse practitioners in the hospital 24 hours a day. And our care team is available to respond immediately to any emergency.
 
We are equipped with the latest advancements in ventilator (device that facilitates breathing), thermoregulation (regulating body temperature) and monitoring technology. If your baby needs surgical intervention we provide that quickly, with the support of our pediatric surgeons and anesthesiologists in the safest location for your baby.
 

We have a dedicated neonatal pharmacist who's an expert in the medications, fluids and nutrition that ill babies need.
 
Our lactation consultant works closely with mothers to help them maintain optimum breast milk production and achieve successful breast feeding. Our physical and speech therapists work closely with our babies to promote optimum growth and facilitate the achievement of developmental milestones.
 
Providing comprehensive labor and delivery services along with Level 3 NICU care in one location allows us to keep ill newborns near their mothers and close to their families and include the family in the baby's care. It reduces maternal and family anxieties, improves maternal-infant bonding, breast milk production and availability and reduces postpartum depression.

Strengthening the family bond, improving the baby's outcomes in the hospital and promoting growth and development after baby goes home are the goals of our care.